What seems like such a long time ago now, my friend Bonnie of The Plastic Ocean Project said:
"...the problem with plastics in our marine environment goes unnoticed because most of it is underwater or broken down into small bits floating on the surface. Not that it takes a trained eye to see it; you just have to recognize that it’s there. Once you do, it likens to the "Magic Eyes" from the 90s. Remember staring at a random series of blotches until an image imbedded in the blotches could be recognized? Once your eyes discovered it, you could always see it. And you wondered why you hadn't noticed at first glance."
Her words have stuck with me throughout all of my beach cleanups. A reminder of the importance to let my eyes focus on the variations in the sand... to pay attention to the details.